Monday, July 21, 2014

Far Behind

Not sure what's happened but I'm behind reading blogs, I'm behind writing blogs. Oh well. Let's play catch up. Basically, we've been eating out & I've been working out. Pretty much the regular old schedule.

Last week I got a run in on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday when I got home from work it wasn't raining so I went for a short bike ride.
I was planning to ride longer than 4 mi. but it started sprinkling.

Wednesday I swam. I'm pretty sure this is the first & last triathlon I do. I don't like the swimming. AT ALL. It's just not my thing. I know I've said that before but I completely underestimated just how hard it is. The goal at this point is to finish the swim without using a ton of energy so that I can do well on the bike & run. Those are definitely my strengths.

Thursday I ran. I've just been sticking to 3.1 mi. for the time being. Once the Tri is over I plan to start increasing mileage on the weekends.


I've kept up with the 30 Day Challenge. This month is harder than last. LOTS of squats!

Friday after work I brought my bike in for my fitting. I didn't know what this entailed but I'm really glad I shaved my legs. They did some measuring & poking & prodding on my knees & hips. I didn't have any complaints & not much feedback to give because I've been comfortable on my bike. They like you to ride for 4-6 weeks before the fitting so they can work on anything you're having problems with. I bought a "computer" as they call it which is basically just a speedometer, tripometer & odometer.

Friday night a bunch of us went to Caliente as usual.

Saturday Cindy & I swam. It wasn't a very good swim for me but I did it. Our niece is in town from Texas so Dean's mom brought her & some of the cousins to swim.

Last week was Restaurant Week in Baton Rouge. A bunch of different restaurants participate & it's a lot of 3 course meals anywhere from $15-$35 per person. We went to Portico Saturday night.

I had a pomegranate martini.

My appetizer was shrimp & grits. I was a little surprised when I saw it.
It was pan fried or something & it was soooooo good.


Grilled red fish with shrimp & mac & cheese. Delicious!!! I had blueberry bread pudding for dessert which I didn't get a picture of.

Sunday morning Cindy & I were going on a bike ride.
12 mi. in 45:23. Not bad at all! Especially considering I got confused & was in the toughest gear I could be in the first half of the ride. I'm curious to see how the ride goes during the race. These training rides are done on the levee & that involves a couple of really steep hills. The race is flat. Thank goodness! After the ride I ran.  

I was slower than my 2 mi. run last week but my bike ride was slower last week. I can't figure out if it's better to ride fast or run faster.

Later in the day my friends Allison & Joey brought their little boy to swim. We had burgers & just hung out. It was a nice afternoon.


Cael enjoyed himself



Sooo, I guess I'm caught up. Saturday is the race so there will be some rest this week.

Toodles!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tag




I've been tagged by Carol at An Oasis in the Desert. I like reading things like this about people so here goes.

1.  Are you named after someone?  No

2.  When was the last time you cried?  A couple of weeks ago while we were white water rafting. More about that later!
 3.  Do you have kiddos? No    
4.  If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? I think so.    
5.  Do you have a guilty pleasure? More than one - Starbucks, Mexican Food, Wine, Dr Pepper, French Fries, etc........  
4.  Do you like handwriting? Not particularly       
7.  What is your favorite cereal? Granola with almond milk. Kashi, Bare Naked - I'm not particular but I don't buy it anymore because I'll eat way too much of it. 
      
8. What's the first thing you notice about people? It's a toss up between hair & teeth & if you have open toe shoes on - your toe nails.
9.  What's the color of your eyes? Green
10.  Scary movie or happy endings? Happy endings
11.  Favorite TV shows? All time fave is Friends, current fave would have to be Big Bang Theory
12.  Summer or Winter? Well, in the winter summer is definitely my fave & in the summer winter is my fave usually.

13.  Hugs or kisses? Either
14.  Do you have a special talent? Nothing that I can think of aside from remembering tons of completely useless information.
 15.  Where were you born? Baton Rouge, LA
16.  What are your hobbies? Reading, biking, running
  
17.  Do you have any pets? No but I want a puppy
8.  Favorite movie? How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days with Matthew McConaughey, my all time fave!!
19.  What color is your car? Black Ford Explorer

20.  What do you want to be when you grow up? Retired

So instead of just tagging a few people, if you're reading consider yourself tagged!

Toodles!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 4th Weekend

I have more from Colorado but I didn't do anything with the pictures on my good camera yet. It's no trouble to put them on the computer but it takes FOREVER to load them here. It'll happen eventually.

For the first time in a long time we didn't have any plans for the weekend. I was looking forward to it. I was tired. I was also in a funk last week & I didn't feel like doing anything but I made myself & I felt better.

Tuesday I ran.
Thursday I ran


On the 4th we went to the movie & saw Tammy with Melissa McCarthy. She's really funny. There were some raunchy parts but it was still funny! We stopped at the hospital. Dean's 21 yr old cousin was in a serious 4-wheeler accident. He's alive but looks to have a long road ahead of him. Prayers would be great!

I tried Starbucks new Blackberry Mojito Lemonade Tea. What a mouthful. It was really good.

Once we got home I had a nap & some pool time. That was the extent of our day. I signed up for Skinny Meg's Holiday Challenge. Burn 1500 calories over the course of Fri., Sat. & Sun. However you want as long as it's a workout & not just your regular day to day activities. You had to wear a heart monitor & post pics on IG. Sorry for my peeps on IG that had to see all that. I'm also participating in a 30 Day Challenge for July. I did an ab challenge in June & this one continues with the ab work & adds in legs. So Friday all I did was my July 5th workout for the challenge. It only takes about 15 mins. if that depending on how much you rest in between but I burned 80 calories. I'll take it. July 4th was actually a rest day for the challenge but I knew I was biking & running on the 5th so I thought it might be too much.

Saturday morning I rode 10 miles by myself & then met up with Cindy & her friend Renee to finish their ride.


Almost 14 miles! I never would've thought I could do that. Next up was what I was really nervous about. BRICKS!
That is biking lingo for running after riding when you're legs feel like bricks. I'm learning all the lingo!! I was nervous because I've never ran more than half a mile after riding. In the race I have to do 2 miles. I did it & I wasn't crazy slow & I ran UP THE LEVEE. For those of you that don't know, it's a big hill. I felt so good after doing it.

Then there was the cool down ride home.


746 calories burned for the workout! Not bad at all. When we finished Cindy & Renee invited me to do a tempo run Sunday morning. I wasn't sure I wanted to do that. I never run 2 days in a row & wasn't sure how my legs would feel. Cindy & her husband came over for dinner Saturday night & I decided to go ahead with it. I could make it as easy or hard as I wanted.

6:00 am came bright & early. We went to Renee's house to do the run. She doesn't live far from us & it's a really pretty area with a few little "hills". It was nice to have different scenery. She has a running coach so we did her workout. I never do tempo runs. Mainly because I usually run by myself & I just run. This was fun because it was different. We started with a 5 min. walk followed by dynamic stretches, a 15 min. easy run, then more stretches & a walk & then we started speed work. 1 minute as fast as you can go followed by 30 secs. rest & we worked our way up to 4 minutes & then back down to 1 minute.


It was also fun for me to be running with other people. I was able to keep up with no problem & although my legs were a little tired, they felt good.

I did some stretching, yoga & foam rolling along with my 30 day challenge & I ended up with 1532 calories for the holiday weekend. I'd like to win a prize but if I don't it's ok. The Holiday Challenge was a great motivator!

Dean walks several times a week when he gets home from work. My legs were tired & tight so I went with him yesterday. I thought it would be a good way to loosen them up a little.

We did a 5K.

The 30 Day Challenge has a lot of squats & they've made me sore. I wasn't sure how running would go today but I know I need to run on tired legs to get ready for the triathlon. Surprisingly, it wasn't awful.

It felt like I was working the soreness out & I felt good. I have an early meeting Thursday so I won't run again until Friday. I think my legs will be thankful for the rest. Although, there are plenty of squats that will happen those 2 days.

If anyone wants to join the 30 Day Challenge, let me know. I know we're 8 days in but it's not hard to catch up or just start where we are.

Toodles!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

More Colorado

I haven't been with it at all this week. Like at all. The pictures from the good camera are still on the good camera. This is all iPhone but the scenery is so pretty it doesn't matter.

We drove to Rocky Mountain National Forest. It was about 2 hours from Winter Park. The scenery was amazing!!



 Lots of weird poses because it's sort of hard to take pictures on the side of a mountain.


This was the "meadow" the volunteer Forest People told us about. Apparently, there were some moose roaming around. 




We were very excited when we saw this thing. All the girls were hollering to stop the car because there was a moose.


The guys set us straight. This isn't a moose, it's an elk. They had velvet antlers like deer do.


We drove all the way up through the mountains. The weather got bad.


Cindy, Kitzia & I in front of tons of ice. The temperature dropped 30 degrees as we drove. At one point it was 37 degrees. IN JUNE! I was amazed by this. At one point we got out of the car to take pictures & it was snowing. IN JUNE!!


Apparently, the whole Continental Divide is a big deal. They tried to explain it all to me but geography bores me.

We drove home through Estes Park & the Peak to Peak Highway. Really pretty!


A baby moose on the way home. There was a group of a mama & several babies on the side of the road. It was like they posed for the camera. Later we found out that moose are not at all spooked or afraid of people & they will charge you. Especially if you have a dog with you. Good to know AFTER you get too close to a moose. Not that that was the scariest part of our trip. It wasn't even close. More on that later.

Happy 4th!!

Toodles!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Colorado - Part 1

I'm back. I'm having a hard time getting back into a routine. I think it's a combination of not sleeping, not sleeping in my bed, not being home & things just being crazy busy.

I don't have the pictures from my good camera yet. They're still on the camera. I'm going to work on that this week.

So a week ago this past Friday I was packed & ready to go. Instead of taking a Benadryl & going to sleep early to be ready for my 2:30 am wake up call I was at Caliente with some of our peeps having a Jose Special. It was delicious but not exactly conducive to a 2:30 wake up. I ended up with 4 hours of sleep Friday night. Not good. Luckily I was able to sleep on the plane. We arrived in Denver at 7:40 am. It took a little while to gather all the luggage & to get the rental. Speaking of, the new Suburban looks like the Munsters car. Every time I saw it I thought of a hearse. Not cute. We decided to take a tour of Sports Authority Field where the Bronco's play. It was super interesting. We had a really good tour guide & heard all sorts of interesting tidbits.
We were able to go all over except into the home locker room. I don't really understand that. It's not like it's football season but that's ok. By the time the tour was over I'd been awake for more than 8 hours & I needed food. Preferably lunch. We found a cute place.
I had pulled pork nachos & a wedge salad. So so so good! The drink was delicious too. You can't really tell from the pics but downtown Denver was adorable! The hanging baskets of flowers were so pretty. It was a little like Bourbon St. but it was very, very clean & apparently not much crime because there were chess games & all sorts of other things left out on tables for everyone to enjoy.

We walked around a little bit downtown before heading to our condo in Winter Park which is about 1 1/2 hrs. away from Denver. I slept a little on the ride before Dean woke me up because I was missing the views.

This was the condo we stayed in. The people that own it are friends with my friend Cindy. It was 3 stories with 3 Br's & 3 1/2 Ba's. It was super cute!! The picture on the left is the view from the balcony. The kicker was that it didn't have A/C. Completely unheard of when you live in Louisiana. 

Once we got settled at the condo we headed out to buy groceries. I was very happy when we got there & there was a Starbucks in the store! I'm pretty sure we saw no less than 852 Starbucks on our 5 day trip.

Toodles!!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday!!!!!

What's better than a Friday? A Friday that leads to vacation!! At this time tomorrow barring any unforeseen issues we should be in a rented Suburban driving from Denver to Winter Park. It's very exciting!

Aside from our "fun" workouts, you know hiking, biking & white water rafting, the only exercising I plan to do is keep up with the 30 day challenge.That shouldn't be too hard. Cindy's doing it too so we can hold each other accountable.

I ran yesterday morning. It was TOUGH. 5:00 am, 93% humidity. What the crap??? Now I remember why I like running in cool weather.

I packed last night. I've said it before I HATE PACKING. It's especially hard when going to a place that has entirely different weather than what we're currently having. You know, like Colorado. The forecast for  next week has the highs in the low 70's & lows in the 40's. I packed a whole bunch of stuff. Like a whole bunch. Completely over packed. BUT it's better to be safe than sorry & we're flying Southwest so you know bags fly free!!! I don't think Dean is overjoyed by my packing but he hasn't been the normal packing Nazi. This is also the first trip that I've packed more tennis shoes than anything else!!!

So anyway, I'm pretty sure you won't be hearing from me until we get back. Have a great weekend!

Toodles!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Father's Day Fun!

All the workouts are going well. Thursday after work I swam 20 laps which is about 225 yards. For my race I have to swim 200 yards. I was slower than I wanted to be but I was relieved that I could do it.

Friday morning I went for a 3.1 mi. run. 
Saturday, aside from the 30 day challenge & pulling weeds & planting flowers, there weren't any traditional workouts. BUT all that bending & squatting was a workout for sure.

Sunday morning I went for a bike ride. The first 6 mi. I rode in 22 mins. It was great. However, then I had to turn around & go back. Horrible head wind & it took me 25 mins. for the last 6 mi. I've learned to really dislike wind & hills.

After the ride I ran. I only made it a 1/2  mile but it's better than nothing. I have to get working on that. At that point I was just glad it was over & I could enjoy the rest of the day.

Our parents, Dean's mawmaw, my brother & sis in law & Logan all came over & Dean fried fish. His fish is the BEST!
Scott & Logan

 Logan swims like a fish but he can't float. I think the problem is he has to be still & that's just not his thing.




Logan is up for pretty much anything. I cringed every time Dean threw him in the air.


He's always up for a selfie! As usual somehow we didn't manage to get any pictures of our daddy's. I even did good & had my "good" camera out. I took a few pics & then the battery was dead. Epic fail! I have too many things to keep charged.

Monday was a complete rest day & it was fabulous!! I had a dentist appt. this morning so I actually was able to sleep until 5:45 & go for a run at 6:00! It's really nice to run in the daylight!!


Much better time than the other day.

Hope everyone had a great Father's Day!

Toodles!